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Flowering trees and bushes

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Flowers on a small appletree. photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

This time of the year is wonderful when it comes to all the flowering trees and bushes we can experience. It last for a too short while though. The apple trees of various kinds… lovely flowers.

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Another blooming appletree. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

And then there are the lilacs of all colors that just started to open their flowers in my area. And their scent… wonderful. A promise of a coming summer.

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Lilacs, blooms not yet fully open. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

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White lilacs. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Pink lilacs. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Our new bush in the garden reached its flowering peak recently.

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Our new bush with flowers. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The flowering was nice, but it is over now. Insects of all kinds took advantage of the flowering.

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Bush flower with insect. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Earlier on all the fruit-trees in the villa gardens in the area were in flower.

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Quite overwhelming. All gone now. The trees really have a very short period to flower, before the leaves come. And, later in the season, eventual fruit.

I love this season. It is too short though.

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Plants on my outside place 2015

Photo:©nini.tjader.2015

Photo:©nini.tjader.2015

I’ve got several plants on my outside place 2015. Both inside it and on the railing, hanging on the inside and the outside. On this side (above) are three boxes with regular red pelargonias.

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Vietnamese basil. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the short side of the railing, by the entrance, I have a Vietnames red basil (which the bumblebees love) and a French tarragon.

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French tarragon. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The tarragon actually needs to be moved to the real earth outside before summer is over.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Just inside the entrance I have a pot with red osteospermum (called “stjärnöga” in Swedish). It is a hardy plant that can be put outside early in the spring and lasts and blooms (provided you cut off wilted flowers regularly) until some time in October, or until the frost takes it.

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Basil. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the back of the bench on my outside place I also have plants. One is the regular basil, bought at the supermarket, which at first just stood in glass with water, but has since been replanted in a proper pot with proper soil.

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Thyme. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Just beside the basil is a thyme. Likewise bought in the supermarket and replanted. Bought already some time in the winter. Used in cooking when I want fresh thyme.

Chili

Chili. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

At the time when I took the above picture the chili, grown from seed from Ikea, was also placed here. It started its life inside, in the livingroom window, but moved outside when it got big enough and the weather permitted. I have no idea which kind of chili this is. I have moved it since to another location at the outside place.

rosemary

Rosemary. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Then comes the rosemary. It is hard to make that last inside over the winter and it doesn’t survive the winter outside so in late autumn I usually dry the rosemary to make it last over winter.

fragrance geranium

Fragrance geranium. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Then comes the fragrance geranium (doftpelargon in Swedish). Gets small lilac flowers, has a citrus smell. Is said to hunt away mosquitos – something which could be needed this year.

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Pansies. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Until recently I had a pot of pansies on the outside place on the shelf there. They lasted from March until mid July. Now gone.

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Mårbacka pelaargonia. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Beside the pansies I then had a large Mårbacka pelargonia. It has since moved into the corner of that shelf and the Ikea-chili has moved onto the shelf.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the table I have a white tobacco plant. It is supposed to give off a nice fragrance in the evening… but I think it has been too cold this summer because I’ve not felt any fragrance from it at all.

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November cactus. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Above the table, on the railing is the large and old November cactus. It loves being outside, rain or sun, during the summer season. It also makes it to produce flowers. See the flower buds above?

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November cactus. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Not yet, but ut will have fully open flowers some time in August. That’s been the result of putting it outside for the last three years. Before that it refused to get flower any time of the year… Now it gets them in August, in October and in April/May. But never in November.

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Viola hederacea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the railing I also keep a viola hederacea (Australian Violet). It has grown a lot since I got it in March. Then it was indoors. It will return indoors in the autumn when it gets cold. Problem is how to place it as it gets those long creepers which probably would like to crawl aling the ground…

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On Jul 2nd the first seeds of the ruccola salad started to show. On July 19th it got ready to start eating. I have it on the railing.

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Olive. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Further inside I’ve got two olive trees, that are indoors in the winter. The thrive outside in the summertime regardless of if the it is sunny or rainy. The above one is the small olivetree that I bought at Ikea last summer.

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Olivetree. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

And the above one is the old olive tree which I cut down hard last summer as it had grown in all the wrong directions. It is coming back just fine.

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Chili. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On raised paletts on the floor in the warmest corner of the outside place I have two chili plants. The above one has lots of fruits at this stage. The other one has just started to flower.

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Chili. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

These two chilis are supposed to be medium hot. We will see when they are ready.

mårbacka pelargonia

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Mårbacka pelargonia. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Behind the chilis there is a large Mårbacka pelargonia, child of the other one on the shelf.

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Tomatoes. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

There is also the big tomato plant. Since picture was shot, I’ve eaten the red ones… They are delicious.

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Figtree. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

In hat corner also lives the figtree which is new for this year. It will move inside over the winter. It has grown quite a lot since I got it.

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Lavender. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

There used to be a lavender plants there too. I’ve since moved it outside (in its pot) as it looks so sick… If it survives I’ll plant it in one of the flowerbeds.

white pelargonias

White pelargonias. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the wall at the back of the outside place hand three white pelargonias. It was one at the end of last summer and two of them come from that plant. A very good white pelargonia kind which does not get brown flowers when it rains, which most white pelargonias do.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Scaevola aemula Goodeniaceae (Femtunga). Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the plank also hangs a large scaevola aemula goodeniaceae (or Femtunga in Swedish). When I got it was rathe small and not all that good-looking, That changed though when it got a larger pot to hang in with sufficient enough soil in it. It is a thirsty plant.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the wall above the tomatoes and the chilis I have this plant. Also a thirsty thing. It only now started to grow. Have forgotten the name of it (it started with D) but I have that somewhere…

clematis

Clematis. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the wall I’ve this year a clematis instead of the cobea I usually have. Thought is that if it manages to survive in the pot over winter, I will not have to change climbing plant every year.

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Clematis. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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Clematis. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

This one gets large dark blue/lilac flowers with an interesting middle. It only now started to open its flowers.

That is this years plants on my outside place. I will probably keep moving them around as they grow and need sunshine and warmth, but there won’t be any more there now. To see an overview of my outside place, instead of only the plants go here.

red pelargonias

Red pelargonias on the outside. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

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My outside place 2015

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View of the exit to the outside place from the livingroom. Photo:©nini.tjader.2015

I live on the ground floor, with direct access to my outside place, and then to the garden around it. The outside place just outside the door looks slightly different each year. It all depends on which plants I decide to have there and how to place them.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

There is a small table there of a material that can be outside the year around and doesn’t need any attention. There are also two black chairs. One bought many years ago and the second one years later when Ikea suddenly started to sell them again. They remain outside in rain and snow the year around. You cannot tell which one of them is the oldest.

On the table is a flower tobacco plant, three stones that I use to keep papers put when the wind blows, and a small lantern.

On the railing is one pot with a plant that was very small when I bought it, but it keeps getting bigger. It is a Viola Hederacea. There is also my large November cactus which is out for the summer, and a pot with newly started rucola salad.

Behind the railing is an apple tree that probably came to be there from a seed of an apple that someone at some time threw over the fence. It gets no flowers and therefore no apples. I cut it every autumn so it won’t get too big. But, it has gotten fairly big anyway. It is good sun protection and I hang a sun-charged lamp in it. The yellow honeysuckle is high up in the tree so it looks like the apple tree has yellow flowers. That’s intentional.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Out to the left is the opening to the garden. Here I have a black bench (Ikea) and black and white plastic carpets. There is also a shelf that holds surplus pots and such, and plants on the top of it. Presently one Mårbacka pelargonia and the blue pansies that I put there already in March. The pansies will soon be removed. They’ve done their thing and do not look all that good any more. On the back of the bench presently stand one pelargonia (which cannot be seen in this picture), a rosemary, a pot with five small chili-plants, a thyme and a basil.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

To the right outside the door my collection of this years plants plus a black plastic chair from Ikea. Among the plants are two olive trees that are out over the summer, my new fig-tree, one lavender, and behind the lavender two chili-plants where the fruits are beginning to show, one large Mårbacka pelargonia originating from the other one. On the red wall a klematis isntead of the cobea I usually have. On the same wall as the honeysuckle, three white pelargonias and a hanging plant with white flowers. In Swedish it is called “femtunga”, in latin scaevola aemula.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

More of the corner to the right. Behind the black chair I keep the mover and some other tools for the garden, under the protection of the two huge honeysuckles that hang on the corner.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

View toward the garden. When I use the bench, I have a mattress and pillows for it.

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Plants outside. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Above a closer view of the collection of plants.

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“Murder-snail”. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

And when I passed the outside place this afternoon, when the rain made a short pause, to my horror, I found a large snail crawling over the floor… We haven’t had those at our corner before, except very small ones, and I definitely do not want any more of them. “Murder-snails” we call them as they eat just anything that come in their way. Picked it up with the grill-tweezers and sealed it into a small plastic-bag and threw it in the common garbage in the garbage-house… Some cut them to pieces with a scissor, but…

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Under cover from the rain

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

It has been raining now since Wednesday night. On and off. Mostly on. So, the outside plants in pots and other containers had to be put under cover, one way or the other, for protection from the rain. As you can see from the photo above, the neighbor balcony provides kind of a roof over part of my patio. It doesn’t cover the whole place, but a vital part of it. Rain protection is necessary when the weather report says it is going to rain for several days.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The outside sofa is a good place to place as many pots and plants as it can take.  If it doesn’t rain sidewise, they are pretty protected here.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

There was no place for the November-cactus – which just moved outside the other day – so it stayed on the railing getting all washed and clean by rain water. I know it can take it.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Rain protection. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The containers with the red pelargonias got placed under the table with a cover for chairs over the table.  Two containers got in there and got company by the rosemary pot and two amaryllis that are supposed to be kept dry and rest.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Rain protection. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The third container with red pelargonias and the one with million belles got their own cover, as well as the end part of the two other pelargonia containers. Had a cover for a sunbed that I could use. To keep it form flying away they got some dumbbells as weights. I go out regularly and make the water that collects there go away so the cover doesn’t get too heavy.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Rain protection for the plants. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I also used a plastic shower curtain as protection. Behind it is the large tomato-plant, two chili-plants and two olive trees. The upper part of the sun-umbrella has been detached and is protecting the mover.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

One of the chairs were placed on top of another chair to make place on the floor. The klematis did not get any protection as it has started climbing on the wall. The oregano got moved in from its un-protected location to a reasonably dry spot behind the door to the outside which has the neighbor balcony above it.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Rain protection for the plants. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

It isn’t pretty… but it protects the plants from drowning.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Rain protection for the plants. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Yesterday around noon the rain gauge showed that 30 mm rain had fallen. It is still raining.

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The rain gauge yesterday. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

This morning it was about 35 mm. It is still raining.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The grill is also under cover. An Ikea bag serves well as cover for the grill. Haven’t used the grill even once yet this year…

Salad peas. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Salad peas. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The salad peas are thriving in the wet weather though and are coming along just fine. The container has holes in the bottom so they will not drown.

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Yellow honeysuckle. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The yellow honeysuckle will bloom soon.

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Honeysuckle. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The orange honeysuckle is in bloom, but very wet…

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Platycodon. Photo ©nini.tjader.2015

The new plant – that I got from cousin Carin and her husband Harold when they visited from California on Wednesday – a Platycodon (Praktklocka in Swedish) – is still inside awaiting better weather for planting. It is a perennial so it can be planted outside.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The garden is very wet and will get wetter before the rains stop about tonight (according to the weather report).

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Meanwhile can only keep an eye on it from inside, through the kitchen windows. By the way, the bird feeders are out of nuts. The last ones went this morning. There will be no new peanuts in them until I get them delivered some time next week. The birds are a bit frantic and desperate about the lack of nuts…

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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Happy Green Easter and Pessach

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Easter chicken in the herbs. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Easter and Pessach is fast approaching. Time to style your home with decorations and plants. Not that I usually do that, but I just today took check at what decorations I had stored from previous years.  Still hesitant if I will use it or not.

Yellow is the color of Easter. Plants with yellow flowers are nice to have and give som much needed color at this time of the year when the greenery outside is still not awake.

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Minidaffodils. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Bought them on Sunday. Not a single flower had opened then. They all opened up yesterday and today. When they are “done” I plant them outside in one of the flowerbeds so they can come back next year, outside then.

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Kalanchoe. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

I also got a yellow kalanchoe to brighten up the kitchen window.

wooden tulip

Wooden tulip. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

My red, wooden tulip also does its best to brighten up the kitchen.

white and yellow roses

White and yellow roses. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

In the livingroom I placed 12 white and yellow roses that I got for free from Plantagen because I bought six eco herb plants at the fair last week.

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Roses. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

Roses are fascinating flowers. Almost too perfect in their form. No fragrance from these ones though.

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Easter eggs. Photo: ©nijni.tjader.2015

Intended to go out and cut off some branches to hang the small easter eggs in. So far didn’t get around to do that as the rain has been mercilessly pouring down the last couple of days (around 40 mm in two days). Today is sunny, but I have other plans (food shopping).

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Easter eggs. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Also found a couple of empty easter eggs laying around. No point to take them out if not filling them with all kinds of sweets. Need to do some shopping… Normally don’t have sweets laying around. Too tempting…

Not that I celebrate Easter or Pessach in any way, but Happy Holidays everyone.

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